ERIC Number: EJ874862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
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Formative Assessment Systems: Evaluating the Fit between School Districts' Needs and Assessment Systems' Characteristics
Militello, Matthew; Schweid, Jason; Sireci, Stephen G.
Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, v22 n1 p29-52 Feb 2010
Recent legislative and local school accountability efforts have placed a premium on the collection, analysis, and use of student assessment data for educational improvement. As a result, schools have sought assessments that will provide additional information about student performance. In response, a burgeoning boon industry formed--formative educational assessment systems. In this study we describe how districts search for and acquire formative assessment systems to meet their needs. We focus on three school districts that adopted three different formative assessment systems. Our findings suggest the fit between a system's characteristics and a school district's intended use is the most important consideration in instituting a successful formative assessment system that will have a positive impact on teacher education and student learning.
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Educational Assessment, School Districts, Evaluation Needs, Evaluation Utilization
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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